In this monograph, a mathematician and a neurobiologist join forces to address one of the most crucial and controversial scientific questions of our times: can the exquisite capacities of the human brain be simulated by any digital computer? By combining mathematical, computational, neurobiological and evolutionary arguments, Ronald Cicurel and Miguel Nicolelis refute the possibility that any Turing machine will ever succeed in such a simulation. As part of their argument, the authors propose a new theory for brain function: the Relativistic Brain Theory. This theory accounts for decades of neurophysiological and psychological findings and observations that until now have challenged the dominant dogma in neuroscience. Altogether, this monograph contains the inaugural manifesto of a movement intended to emphasize the uniqueness of human nature while discrediting pseudo-scientific predictions that the replacement of humans by machines is imminent. In the authors' opinion, the misguided and misleading belief that digital machines can emulate all human behaviors defines one of the greatest threats that society faces in the future to preserve our way of life, our human culture and our freedom.
A radically new cosmological view from a groundbreaking neuroscientist placing the human brain at the center of humanity’s universe Renowned neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis introduces readers to a revolutionary new theory of how the human brain evolved to become an organic computer without rival in the known universe. Nicolelis undertakes the first attempt to explain the entirety of human history, culture, and civilization based on a series of recently uncovered key principles of brain function. This new cosmology is centered around three fundamental properties of the human brain: its insurmountable malleability to adapt and learn; its exquisite ability to allow multiple individuals to synchronize their minds around a task, goal, or belief; and its incomparable capacity for abstraction. Combining insights from such diverse fields as neuroscience, mathematics, evolution, computer science, physics, history, art, and philosophy, Nicolelis presents a neurobiologically based manifesto for the uniqueness of the human mind and a cautionary tale of the threats that technology poses to present and future generations.
A pioneering neuroscientist shows how the long-sought merger of brains with machines is about to become a paradigm-shifting reality Imagine living in a world where people use their computers, drive their cars, and communicate with one another simply by thinking. In this stunning and inspiring work, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis shares his revolutionary insights into how the brain creates thought and the human sense of self—and how this might be augmented by machines, so that the entire universe will be within our reach. Beyond Boundaries draws on Nicolelis's ground-breaking research with monkeys that he taught to control the movements of a robot located halfway around the globe by using brain signals alone. Nicolelis's work with primates has uncovered a new method for capturing brain function—by recording rich neuronal symphonies rather than the activity of single neurons. His lab is now paving the way for a new treatment for Parkinson's, silk-thin exoskeletons to grant mobility to the paralyzed, and breathtaking leaps in space exploration, global communication, manufacturing, and more. Beyond Boundaries promises to reshape our concept of the technological future, to a world filled with promise and hope.
"Naskar is a self-trained scientist and thinker who discovers the paradigm-shifting phenomena of the human mind in this book." - Michael A. Persinger, Director of Laurentian University's Consciousness Research Laboratory, Canada "The book is very interesting and useful. I am sure Neurosutra will be very timely and effective." - Sam Pitroda, Father of Indian Telecom Revolution "This is a fantastic summary of the amazing discoveries on the brain and a guide to apply them in your personal life by a talented author and a brilliant neuroscientist." - Ronald Cicurel, co-author of ‘The Relativistic Brain: How it works and why it cannot be simulated by a Turing machine' Neurosutra is a fascinating collection of seminal works on the human mind by the celebrated Neuroscientist and International Bestselling Author Abhijit Naskar. It is a collection of Naskar's early five works - "The Art of Neuroscience in Everything", "Your Own Neuron", "The God Parasite", "The Spirituality Engine" and "Love Sutra". Abhijit Naskar became a beloved author all over the world with his first book The Art of Neuroscience in Everything. The book hit the bestsellers list within a few months of publication and heralded the advent of a rejuvenating scientific philosophy of the human mind. The purpose of this philosophy was to enrich human life with scientific sweetness. This book is a collection of his first five books that represent the incredible scientific philosophy of self-awareness.
In this unique text the author presents an assessment tool which directly links functional performance in daily activities to neurobehavioural deficits the Arnadottir OT-ADL Neurobehavorial Evaluation (A-One). Split into two parts, the first carries out a literature review of functional neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neurobehaviour (assuming the reader already has a knowledge of these subjects) and relates it to observations of patientsneurobehavourial performance during ADL. The second part presents the A-One and its manual. Tables are used to condense and simply information, while illustrations are based on clinical situations encountered in real cases. A thorough guide to this assessment technique
Consciousness is the hot topic in scientific circles--its precise nature holding huge implications for the future of science as a viable discipline. And with so many recent advances in brain studies, questions of mind and consciousness have become critically important for both theorists and hard scientists. Are we "nothing but a pack of neurons" that will in due course reveal their secrets in the laboratory? Or do our conscious mind and self-awareness stem from some dimension beyond material investigation? How, too, are we to account for "parapsychological" phenomena in which consciousness seems to defy space and time boundaries? These latest contributions to the debate--selected from the annual "Beyond the Brain" conferences--show that it is time for radical rethinking of our theories and methods in investigating phenomena of the human mind.